Caribbean hit by 7.6 magnitude earthquake, off the coast of Honduras

The Caribbean was struck by a powerful earthquake on Tuesday evening, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was around 202 kilometres northeast of Honduras and there have been no reports of any serious damage. The tremor originated in the sea, 10 kilometres below the surface. Tsunami warnings that were issued when the quake occurred have also been called off, reports Independent.

The impact of the earthquake was felt in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa where there instances of windows rattling and some residents evacuated their homes because of the tremors. Honduran officials also reported that there were cracks in homes in the provinces of Colon and Atlantida and shaking was registered across most of the nation. The region closest to the quake’s epicentre which is in Northern Honduras is a sparsely populated area.

The quake was also lightly felt in Quintana Roo, Mexico according to Mexico’s civil protection director. A resident described the tremors equating it to the sound of a bulldozer driving past, which didn’t last too long but was extremely powerful. He also noticed cable cars and electricity poles swaying, according to ABC news.

Sources – USA Today, ABC News

Hurricane Irma kills at least 10 in Caribbean as Florida braces for hit

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane, killed at least ten people on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and left Barbuda devastated on Thursday.

The hurricane caused a great destruction in several islands, including Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Island. Florida is on high alert and is braced for a possible direct hit from Saturday. Evacuation orders have been issued in parts of Miami and the Florida keys.

According to United Nations up to 37 million people could be affected by Irma, the category five hurricane. Irma, which is approximately 450 miles wide, has sustained winds of at least 180 mph for a longer period of time than any other Atlantic storm on record.

Rick Scott, the Florida governor said that Irma could be more devastating than Hurricane Andrew that struck the state in 1992, a Category 5 storm, which still ranks as one of the costliest ever in the history of the United States.

The head of the US emergency said that Irma will have a devastating impact when it slams into southern coastal areas of the United States.

 

Sources: The Telegraph, CNBC